Just like that in a blink of an eye I’m almost done with my amazing experiences here in the United Kingdom. Just two days from now I will be on my way back ‘over the pond’ and in Michigan. I have loved everything about my experiences here and it is something that I will take with me everywhere I got. Today was our last day of class and we ended things out with a bang!
This morning we got to talk to Jean McKenzie, who is the broadcast journalist for the BBC in the U.K. It was really interesting getting the change to talk to her today and to hear her story on how she became a broadcast journalist. She said that she grew up knowing that she wanted to be outside and doing things and she liked interviewing so she thought that she would really like being a broadcaster. She was telling us that there are at least four very important concepts that the BBC has. Those values would be accuracy, impartiality, taste and decency. She gave us some examples on what she meant. She was saying that when the news came out that Bin Laden had been killed that news team got together to decided wither of not the video and images should be shown to the public. Would it make them understand it less if they were not shown that graphic images of what had happened? For the safety of there views they decided against it. Another thing that she talked about was that the BBC believed very much in giving their viewers the truth about the news and what is going on. She said that some news channels just give news because they want to be the first to give it even if it is not accurate news. She said that even though the BBC might give the news later they know for a fact that it is correct, and the truth.
I thought it was really great getting the chance to speak with her because I have thought about maybe someday being a sports broadcaster or something like that so getting the inside of what she does on a daily basis was great information. Like conducting an interview but like a conversation, not trying to make it too hard but just having fun with it. Which is something that I really enjoy doing.
My time here in London and all the other great places I have been has really made me appreciate the things I am able to do. Going home I really have a great feeling that I will be a different person, in a good way because of my time out on my own exploring the world. I cannot wait to come back and see what my next adventure has in store for me! Thanks U.K you have been really great!
“All journeys begin by leaving one place to venture to another. And while leaving the place we’re in, we remember all the good things that made us go there in the first place.”